A Great View from Below in Jaipur Kite festival
Jaipur Kite festival 2013
When it happens: January 14 2013
Where it happens: Jaipur, Rajasthan,India
Jaipur Kite Festival started just a few years ago. Although this festival has no mythological connections and legends, it is currently experiencing a major revival in India and other parts of the world. As an ancient tradition of kite flying, the country can benefit from becoming a part of the international community of kite flyers.
About the Festival:
Jaipur Kite Festival is a festival held on the 14th day of January in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Thousands of people share the sky with their beautiful kites. The festival coincides with the Makar Sankranti celebrations and is held every year. During this day, you will see the skies of the city become lively with kites of all shapes and sizes. They also come in hundreds of colours and designs as they flutter and dart above the rooftops.
The festival is organized by the Tourism Development Corporation of Jaipur at a local stadium. Thousands of kite enthusiasts from across the globe come to celebrate and show off their kite-flying and designing skills. A kite market is also held where you can find food stalls, kite displays, and cultural performances. You will also be amazed with the illuminated skies that fly above the skies like big falling starts of the night.
There are standard dangers in travelling to India, and Jaipur has also developed its own scams. Thus, you need to stay safe. As a general rule, never accept tea from strangers. Also, be aware of the people who invite you to have a conversation in remote areas. If you ever ride a rickshaw and the driver stops at a local shop, make it clear that you are not interested in buying and are not getting out. If you are interested in buying something, engage in a friendly haggling.
Usually, shops offer tourists twice the actual cost of the product. So, be prepared in order to avoid paying over the odds. They are only after of their commissions on the shop. More importantly, tap water in Jaipur is not safe. Unless boiled or used with purification tablets, do not drink it.
Final Thoughts: The Jaipur Kite Festival is a great time to celebrate with the young ones. They will surely enjoy the colourful kites as they fly above the skies like large vibrant birds. This is also a great time to meet other people, sit on the green grass, and prepare picnic baskets. However, the Jaipur Kite Festival is an unnecessary holiday. It seems like an excuse for people to skip school and office duty. In order to avoid such connotation, it is better to hold the event on weekends. On the other hand, it is a great way to celebrate art with the various designs of the kites. More importantly, it is a great opportunity for the people to get together and share an interesting experience.